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The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University was founded in 2007 through a partnership between Arizona State University, Sichuan University in Chengdu and the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. The Confucius Institute is committed to promoting scholarship about China, as well as high quality Chinese language and culture education within schools and the broader community. The Confucius Institute hosts academic conferences and regularly sponsors scholars and other experts to give presentations. It also sponsors and organizes professional development workshops for teachers, as well as cultural and outreach events for K-12 students and others in the community.
Since 2009, the Confucius Institute has collaborated with K-12 schools in Arizona to offer Chinese language programs. It has so far established 14 affiliated Confucius classroom partnerships and is proud to have more than 4,000 students studying Chinese in these schools. Partners include:
Four of these elementary schools offer Chinese-English dual language immersion programs, while four of the high schools offer AP Chinese classes. The goal is to develop an overarching, integrated Chinese curriculum built upon Arizona’s K-12 Academic Standards as a means to prepare students to become linguistically and culturally competent global citizens for the 21st century.